10 Replies Latest reply: Dec 28, 2012 1:47 PM by The hatter
Michael Levin Level 2 Level 2 (175 points)

Other than opening the box and disconnecting them physically, how do I keep an internal drive from being mounted at startup? I have two problems:

 

1) despite having an SSD drive marked as the startup drive, I think one of my other drives is being considered first - startup takes a long time and it shows the gray circle with a line through it, before acquiescing into booting (rapidly and nicely) from the SSD drive. How do I make it ignore the other drives and go right for this?

 

2) when the system boots up, if I don't immediately dismount the internal drives (which I don't need most of the time), Time Machine and Spotlight begin going over them.

 

     other than physically removing them, anything I can do in some OS X boot script to keep those drives from being mounted?

  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (60,880 points)

    First of course insure that you deselect and reselect the SSD

     

    And yes SSDs act different and do seem to cause confusion with OS X boot routine

     

    Mark volumes to be ignored by TimeMachine. If that doesn't work then you need to troubleshoot that and find why or what is corrupt like remove the existing preference files.

     

    If you clear nvram in any means then you have to reset the default startup disk.

     

    depending, your SSD may just need to be format and restored, and always be ready and have a clone of your SSD, a sparse disk image maybe but always have a 2nd boot drive volume. And that it has the latest firmware.

  • Michael Levin Level 2 Level 2 (175 points)

    Mark volumes to be ignored by TimeMachine. If that doesn't work then you need to troubleshoot that and find why or what is corrupt like remove the existing preference files.

     

    The problem is that when I do dismount them, they disappear from the Time Machine (and Spotlight) Ignore list. Is that normal?

    depending, your SSD may just need to be format and restored, and always be ready and have a clone of your SSD, a sparse disk image maybe but always have a 2nd boot drive volume. And that it has the latest firmware.

     

    I do have a nightly clone of the SSD and latest firmware. I think it works fine, and it was doing this from the very beginning so I'm not sure the format/restore is going to change anything. But I'll give it a shot.

     

    Is there any way to find a log of what exactly the machine is doing on bootup to see what it may be doing before it boots from the SSD?

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (173,120 points)

    The problem is that when I do dismount them, they disappear from the Time Machine (and Spotlight) Ignore list. Is that normal?

     

    No. Launch the Terminal application in any of the following ways:

     

    ☞ Enter the first few letters of its name into a Spotlight search. Select it in the results (it should be at the top.)

     

    ☞ In the Finder, select Go Utilities from the menu bar, or press the key combination shift-command-U. The application is in the folder that opens.

     

    ☞ Open LaunchPad. Click Utilities, then Terminal in the icon grid.

     

    Triple-click the line below to select it, then drag or copy the text — do not type it — into the Terminal window and press return:

     

    mdutil -s -a

     

    Some lines of output should appear below what you entered, showing the Spotlight indexing of each volume and AFP sharepoint. Is indexing of the volumes in question enabled or disabled?

     

    Is there any way to find a log of what exactly the machine is doing on bootup to see what it may be doing before it boots from the SSD?

     

    If you have more than one user account, these instructions must be carried out as an administrator.

     

    Launch the Console application in any of the following ways:

     

    ☞ Enter the first few letters of its name into a Spotlight search. Select it in the results (it should be at the top.)

     

    ☞ In the Finder, select Go Utilities from the menu bar, or press the key combination shift-command-U. The application is in the folder that opens.

     

    ☞ Open LaunchPad. Click Utilities, then Console in the icon grid.

     

    Step 1

     

    Make sure the title of the Console window is All Messages. If it isn't, select All Messages from the SYSTEM LOG QUERIES menu on the left.

     

    Enter "BOOT_TIME" (without the quotes) in the search box. Note the timestamps of those log messages, which refer to the times when the system was booted. Now clear the search box and scroll back in the log to the last boot time when you had the problem. Post the messages logged after the boot, during the time something abnormal was happening.

     

    For example, if the problem is a slow startup taking three minutes, post the messages timestamped within three minutes after the boot time, not before. Please include the BOOT_TIME message at the beginning of the log extract.

     

    Post the log text, please, not a screenshot. If there are runs of repeated messages, post only one example of each. Don’t post many repetitions of the same message. When posting a log extract, be selective. In most cases, a few dozen lines are more than enough.

    Please do not indiscriminately dump thousands of lines from the log into a message.

    Important: Some private information, such as your name, may appear in the log. Edit it out by search-and-replace in a text editor before posting.

     

    Step 2

     

    Still in Console, look under System Diagnostic Reports for crash or panic logs, and post the entire contents of the most recent one, if any. In the interest of privacy, I suggest you edit out the “Anonymous UUID,” a long string of letters, numbers, and dashes in the header of the report, if present (it may not be.) Please don’t post shutdownStall, spin, or hang logs — they're very long and not helpful.

  • Michael Levin Level 2 Level 2 (175 points)

    Ok, I followed your directions (including de-seleccting and re-selecting the SSD as boot disk from System Preferences). Console: there was nothing under System Diagnostic Reports, but here's what the All Messages logs said after the Boot_Time that demonstrated my issue (3 min wait, then gray circle with a line through it, then finally rapid boot off the SSD). Is there anything here that shows what the heck it's doing before it actually boots off the SSD?

     

    12/27/12 10:16:09 PMbootlog[95]BOOT_TIME: 1356664502 0
    12/27/12 10:16:09 PMcom.apple.usbmuxd[77]usbmuxd-296.3 on Jul 25 2012 at 00:28:37, running 64 bit
    12/27/12 10:16:09 PMfseventsd[88]event logs in /.fseventsd out of sync with volume.  destroying old logs. (764 7 915)
    12/27/12 10:16:09 PMfseventsd[88]log dir: /.fseventsd getting new uuid: 69C652CD-6886-4C24-962B-86FE77C3DFD3
    12/27/12 10:16:09 PMParallels[126]Unloading kernel extension prl_netbridge.kext
    12/27/12 10:16:09 PMcom.apple.SystemStarter[78]Starting APC PowerChute Personal Edition daemon
    12/27/12 10:16:09 PMcom.apple.SystemStarter[78]Starting the DynDNS Updater Daemon
    12/27/12 10:16:09 PMcom.apple.SystemStarter[78]Starting MySQL database server
    12/27/12 10:16:09 PMcom.apple.SystemStarter[78]Parallels Link-local IPv4 daemon v1.0.
    12/27/12 10:16:09 PMcom.apple.SystemStarter[78]Success: process 142 went to background
    12/27/12 10:16:09 PMcom.apple.SystemStarter[78]/usr/sbin/comapcpowerchutepe start: comapcpowerchute starting...
    12/27/12 10:16:09 PMsudo[134]root : TTY=unknown ; PWD=/ ; USER=root ; COMMAND=/Applications/NETGEARGenie.app/Contents/MacOS/NETGEARGenieDaemon
    12/27/12 10:16:09 PMnet.denyhosts[100]Traceback (most recent call last):
    12/27/12 10:16:09 PMnet.denyhosts[100]  File "/usr/local/bin/denyhosts.py", line 5, in <module>
    12/27/12 10:16:09 PMnet.denyhosts[100]import DenyHosts.python_version
    12/27/12 10:16:09 PMnet.denyhosts[100]ImportError: No module named DenyHosts.python_version
    12/27/12 10:16:09 PMnet.denyhosts[100]starting DenyHosts:/usr/bin/env python /usr/local/bin/denyhosts.py --daemon --config=/usr/share/denyhosts/denyhosts.cfg
    12/27/12 10:16:09 PMParallels[212]Unloading kernel extension prl_vnic.kext
    12/27/12 10:16:10 PMcom.apple.launchd[1](0x1005014a0.anonymous.nohup[242]) Bug: launchd_core_logic.c:8303 (24498):0
    12/27/12 10:16:10 PMcom.apple.launchd[1](0x1005014a0.anonymous.nohup[242]) Switching sessions is not allowed in the system Mach bootstrap.
    12/27/12 10:16:10 PMcom.apple.launchd[1](0x1005014a0.anonymous.nohup[242]) _vprocmgr_switch_to_session(): kr = 0x44c
    12/27/12 10:16:10 PMcom.apple.launchd[1](0x100120790.anonymous.nohup[243]) Bug: launchd_core_logic.c:8303 (24498):0
    12/27/12 10:16:10 PMcom.apple.launchd[1](0x100120790.anonymous.nohup[243]) Switching sessions is not allowed in the system Mach bootstrap.
    12/27/12 10:16:10 PMcom.apple.launchd[1](0x100120790.anonymous.nohup[243]) _vprocmgr_switch_to_session(): kr = 0x44c
    12/27/12 10:16:10 PMParallels[272]Unloading kernel extension prl_usb_connect.kext
    12/27/12 10:16:10 PMParallels[288]Unloading kernel extension prl_hid_hook.kext
    12/27/12 10:16:10 PMParallels[297]Unloading kernel extension prl_hypervisor.kext
    12/27/12 10:16:10 PMParallels[309]Loading kernel extension prl_usb_connect.kext
    12/27/12 10:16:10 PMParallels[317]Loading kernel extension prl_hypervisor.kext
    12/27/12 10:16:10 PMkernelEthernet [Intel8254x]: Link up on en0, 1-Gigabit, Full-duplex, Symmetric flow-control, Debug [792d,af08,0de1,0e00,cde1,2c00]
    12/27/12 10:16:11 PMParallels[328]Loading kernel extension prl_hid_hook.kext
    12/27/12 10:16:11 PMParallels[334]Loading kernel extension prl_netbridge.kext
    12/27/12 10:16:11 PMkernel/drv/ HypVtx.c:186   CPU is Intel
    12/27/12 10:16:11 PMkernel/drv/ HypLowCache.c:193   Low cache initialized (35520 kB for 8 VMs on 4096 MB)
    12/27/12 10:16:11 PMkernel/drv/ HypApic.c:211   Host APIC  phy 0xFEE00000  lin 0x5dae1000  ver 0x14
    12/27/12 10:16:11 PMkernel/drv/ HypVtd.c:3941   [vtdInit]
    12/27/12 10:16:11 PMkernel/drv/ HypVtd.c:3957   [vtdInit] VTD initialization disabled
    12/27/12 10:16:11 PMkernel/drv/ HypSMBios.c:54   Failed to find SMBios entry point
    12/27/12 10:16:11 PMkernel/drv/ HypModule.c:184   Parallels IPI irq = 0 ipi = 0(0x0)
    12/27/12 10:16:11 PMkernel/drv/ HypModule.c:194   Parallels Hypervisor 7.0.15107.796624 loaded.
    12/27/12 10:16:11 PMkernel/prl_hid/ Parallels HID Helper started.
    12/27/12 10:16:11 PMParallels[340]Loading kernel extension prl_vnic.kext
    12/27/12 10:16:11 PMParallels[345]Trying to load kernel extensions, exit status: 0
    12/27/12 10:16:11 PMParallels[348]Starting Parallels networking...
    12/27/12 10:16:11 PMkernelcom.parallels.kext.prlnet 7.0.15107.796624 has started.
    12/27/12 10:16:11 PMkernelcom.parallels.kext.vnic 7.0.15107.796624 has started.
    12/27/12 10:16:11 PMkernelcom_parallels_kext_prl_vnic: created vnic0
    12/27/12 10:16:11 PMkernelcom_parallels_kext_prl_vnic: created vnic1
    12/27/12 10:16:11 PMParallels[357]Parallels networking sucessfully started
    12/27/12 10:16:11 PMParallels[359]Restarting CiscoVPN
    12/27/12 10:16:11 PM/Library/Parallels/Parallels Service.app/Contents/PlugIns/Parallels NAPT Service.app/Contents/MacOS/prl_naptd[355]Starting Parallels Network Daemon
    12/27/12 10:16:11 PMSystemStarter[361]Unknown service: CiscoVPN
    12/27/12 10:16:11 PMParallels[364]Starting Parallels Dispatcher Service
    12/27/12 10:16:11 PMParallels[368]Parallels Dispatcher Service sucessfully started
    12/27/12 10:16:11 PM/Library/Parallels/Parallels Service.app/Contents/PlugIns/Parallels NAPT Service.app/Contents/MacOS/prl_naptd[355]vnic0: DHCP/NAT for 10.211.55.1-10.211.55.254 netmask 255.255.255.0
    12/27/12 10:16:11 PM/Library/Parallels/Parallels Service.app/Contents/PlugIns/Parallels NAPT Service.app/Contents/MacOS/prl_naptd[355]vnic1: DHCP for 10.37.129.1-10.37.129.254 netmask 255.255.255.0
    12/27/12 10:16:12 PMkernel/drv/ HypIoctls.c:779   Ioctl VT-d status: 0
    12/27/12 10:16:12 PMconfigd[14]network configuration changed.
    12/27/12 10:16:13 PMcom.bjango.istatmenusdaemon[103]interface: en0
    12/27/12 10:16:14 PMcom.apple.SecurityServer[31]Session 0x52dc31 created
    12/27/12 10:16:14 PMcom.apple.SecurityServer[31]Session 0x52dc31 attributes 0x30
    12/27/12 10:16:14 PMcom.apple.launchctl.LoginWindow[380]launchctl: Dubious permissions on file (skipping): /Library/LaunchAgents/com.adobe.AAM.Updater-1.0.plist
    12/27/12 10:16:14 PMcom.apple.launchctl.LoginWindow[380]launchctl: Dubious permissions on file (skipping): /Library/LaunchAgents/com.netgear.NETGEARGenie.plist
    12/27/12 10:16:15 PMloginwindow[84]Login Window Started Security Agent
    12/27/12 10:16:15 PMWindowServer[138]kCGErrorFailure: Set a breakpoint @ CGErrorBreakpoint() to catch errors as they are logged.
    12/27/12 10:16:15 PMcom.apple.WindowServer[138]Thu Dec 27 22:16:15 ML-Home-Desktop-Mac.local WindowServer[138] <Error>: kCGErrorFailure: Set a breakpoint @ CGErrorBreakpoint() to catch errors as they are logged.
    12/27/12 10:16:15 PMSecurityAgent[386]Showing Login Window
    12/27/12 10:16:15 PMkernel2.2.05 Little Snitch: connection deferred for:/usr/libexec/XProtectUpdater uid:0 to:23.48.94.224 :80
    12/27/12 10:16:31 PMkernel[098db600][BNBTrackpadDevice::init][54] init is complete
    12/27/12 10:16:31 PMkernel[098db600][BNBTrackpadDevice::probe][54] entered
    12/27/12 10:16:32 PMkernel[098db600][BNBTrackpadDevice::handleStart][54] Done
    12/27/12 10:16:32 PMkernel[0991b300][AppleMultitouchHIDEventDriver::start] entered
    12/27/12 10:16:32 PMkernel[09982a00][AppleMultitouchDevice::start] entered
    12/27/12 10:16:36 PMkernel[BNBTrackpadDevice][waitForHandshake][28-37-37-2a-41-a4] Timeout waiting for handshake
    12/27/12 10:16:36 PMkernel[098db600][BNBTrackpadDevice::_simpleSetReport][54] ERROR: setReport returned error 0xe00002d6
    12/27/12 10:16:36 PMkernel[098db600][BNBTrackpadDevice::_setMultitouchReportID][54] ERROR: _simpleSetReport returned error 0xe00002d6
    12/27/12 10:16:36 PMkernel[098db600][BNBTrackpadDevice::_getMultitouchReportInfo][54] ERROR: _setMultitouchReportID returned error 0xe00002d6
    12/27/12 10:16:36 PMkernel[09982a00][AppleMultitouchDevice::_getFeatureReportInfo] ERROR: getMultitouchReportInfo returned error 0xe00002d6
    12/27/12 10:16:36 PMkernel[09982a00][AppleMultitouchDevice::_deviceGetReportWithLookUp] ERROR: _getFeatureReportInfo returned result 0xe00002d6
    12/27/12 10:16:38 PMkernel[BNBTrackpadDevice][waitForHandshake][28-37-37-2a-41-a4] Became inactive waiting for handshake
    12/27/12 10:16:38 PMkernel[09982a00][AppleMultitouchDevice::willTerminate] entered
    12/27/12 10:16:38 PMkernel[BNBTrackpadDevice][setReportWL][28-37-37-2a-41-a4] Could not send DATA command via interrupt channel
    12/27/12 10:16:38 PMkernel[098db600][BNBTrackpadDevice::_setMultitouchReportID][54] ERROR: _simpleSetReport returned error 0xe00002c0
    12/27/12 10:16:38 PMkernel[098db600][BNBTrackpadDevice::_getMultitouchReportInfo][54] ERROR: _setMultitouchReportID returned error 0xe00002c0
    12/27/12 10:16:38 PMkernel[09982a00][AppleMultitouchDevice::_getFeatureReportInfo] ERROR: getMultitouchReportInfo returned error 0xe00002c0
    12/27/12 10:16:38 PMkernel[09982a00][AppleMultitouchDevice::_deviceGetReportWithLookUp] ERROR: _getFeatureReportInfo returned result 0xe00002c0
    12/27/12 10:16:38 PMkernel[09982a00][AppleMultitouchDevice::stop] entered
    12/27/12 10:16:50 PMkernel[0746a000][BNBTrackpadDevice::init][54] init is complete
    12/27/12 10:16:50 PMkernel[0746a000][BNBTrackpadDevice::probe][54] entered
    12/27/12 10:16:50 PMkernel[0746a000][BNBTrackpadDevice::handleStart][54] Done
    12/27/12 10:16:50 PMkernel[09923800][AppleMultitouchHIDEventDriver::start] entered
    12/27/12 10:16:51 PMkernel[098dc600][AppleMultitouchDevice::start] entered
    12/27/12 10:16:54 PMSecurityAgent[386]User info context values set for mlevin
    12/27/12 10:16:54 PMauthorizationhost[385]Failed to authenticate user <mlevin> (tDirStatus: -14090).
    12/27/12 10:16:59 PMSecurityAgent[386]User info context values set for mlevin
    12/27/12 10:16:59 PMSecurityAgent[386]Login Window Showing Progress
    12/27/12 10:16:59 PMSecurityAgent[386]Login Window done
    12/27/12 10:16:59 PMloginwindow[84]Login Window - Returned from Security Agent
    12/27/12 10:16:59 PMloginwindow[84]USER_PROCESS: 84 console
    12/27/12 10:16:59 PMcom.parallels.vm.prl_naptd[355]QKqueueFileSystemWatcherEngine::addPaths: open: No such file or directory
    12/27/12 10:16:59 PMcom.parallels.vm.prl_naptd[355]QFileSystemWatcher: failed to add paths: /Library/Managed Preferences
    12/27/12 10:17:00 PMcom.apple.launchctl.Background[395]launchctl: Dubious permissions on file (skipping): /Library/LaunchAgents/com.adobe.AAM.Updater-1.0.plist
    12/27/12 10:17:00 PMcom.apple.launchctl.Background[395]launchctl: Dubious permissions on file (skipping): /Library/LaunchAgents/com.netgear.NETGEARGenie.plist
    12/27/12 10:17:00 PMcom.apple.launchctl.Aqua[396]launchctl: Dubious permissions on file (skipping): /Library/LaunchAgents/com.adobe.AAM.Updater-1.0.plist
    12/27/12 10:17:00 PMcom.apple.launchctl.Aqua[396]launchctl: Dubious permissions on file (skipping): /Library/LaunchAgents/com.netgear.NETGEARGenie.plist
    12/27/12 10:17:00 PMcom.apple.launchd.peruser.501[394](com.apple.ReportCrash) Falling back to default Mach exception handler. Could not find: com.apple.ReportCrash.Self
    12/27/12 10:17:00 PMcom.apple.launchd[1](com.apple.xprotectupdater[75]) Exited with exit code: 252
    12/27/12 10:17:01 PMSystemUIServer[400]MenuCracker 2.2 (/Library/Application Support/iStat Menus 4/extras/MenuCracker.menu)
    See http://sourceforge.net/projects/menucracker
    MenuCracker is now loaded. Ready to accept new menu extras.
    12/27/12 10:17:01 PMSystemUIServer[400]failed to instantiate and get the principal class of bundle: NSBundle </Library/Application Support/iStat Menus 4/extras/MenuCracker.menu> (loaded)
    12/27/12 10:17:02 PMSystemUIServer[400]MenuCracker: Allowing "iStatMenusCPU".
    12/27/12 10:17:02 PMSystemUIServer[400]MenuCracker: Allowing "iStatMenusDisks".
    12/27/12 10:17:02 PMSystemUIServer[400]MenuCracker: Allowing "iStatMenusMemory".
    12/27/12 10:17:02 PMSystemUIServer[400]MenuCracker: Allowing "iStatMenusNetwork".
    12/27/12 10:17:02 PMSystemUIServer[400]MenuCracker: Allowing "iStatMenusTemps".
    12/27/12 10:17:02 PMSystemUIServer[400]iStat Menus loading extra - cpu
    12/27/12 10:17:02 PMSystemUIServer[400]iStat Menus loading extra - diskusage
    12/27/12 10:17:02 PMSystemUIServer[400]iStat Menus loading extra - memory
    12/27/12 10:17:02 PMSystemUIServer[400]iStat Menus loading extra - network
    12/27/12 10:17:02 PMcom.apple.launchd.peruser.501[394](com.adobe.ARM.42ac9929a05cbdd7f58fd6e4e7b56fce8abf441e6bb086a4605d75e8[428]) posix_spawn("/Volumes/SSD disk's clone/Applications/Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro/Adobe Acrobat Pro.app/Contents/MacOS/Updater/Adobe Acrobat Updater Helper.app/Contents/MacOS/Adobe Acrobat Updater Helper", ...): No such file or directory
    12/27/12 10:17:02 PMcom.apple.launchd.peruser.501[394](com.adobe.ARM.42ac9929a05cbdd7f58fd6e4e7b56fce8abf441e6bb086a4605d75e8[428]) Exited with exit code: 1
    12/27/12 10:17:02 PMcom.apple.launchd.peruser.501[394](com.adobe.ARM.3e1417e9549d2369b747c3eb25762e38be24fdd2f6636655133c410b[429]) posix_spawn("/Volumes/Primary 10.6 drive clone/Applications/Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro/Adobe Acrobat Pro.app/Contents/MacOS/Updater/Adobe Acrobat Updater Helper.app/Contents/MacOS/Adobe Acrobat Updater Helper", ...): No such file or directory
    12/27/12 10:17:02 PMcom.apple.launchd.peruser.501[394](com.adobe.ARM.3e1417e9549d2369b747c3eb25762e38be24fdd2f6636655133c410b[429]) Exited with exit code: 1
    12/27/12 10:17:02 PM/Library/Parallels/Parallels Service.app/Contents/PlugIns/Parallels NAPT Service.app/Contents/MacOS/prl_naptd[421]Starting Parallels Network Daemon
    12/27/12 10:17:02 PMcom.parallels.vm.prl_pcproxy[421]QKqueueFileSystemWatcherEngine::addPaths: open: No such file or directory
    12/27/12 10:17:02 PMcom.parallels.vm.prl_pcproxy[421]QFileSystemWatcher: failed to add paths: /Library/Managed Preferences
    12/27/12 10:17:02 PMiStatMenusAgent[423]Loading istat menus agent
    12/27/12 10:17:02 PMcom.apple.launchd.peruser.501[394](com.apple.Kerberos.renew.plist[418]) Exited with exit code: 1
    12/27/12 10:17:02 PMiStatMenusAgent[423]iStat Menus Agent version 4.03 (416)
    12/27/12 10:17:02 PMSystemUIServer[400]iStat Menus loading extra - sensors
    12/27/12 10:17:02 PMsudo[439]root : TTY=unknown ; PWD=/ ; USER=mlevin ; COMMAND=/bin/launchctl load /Library/LaunchAgents/com.parallels.vm.prl_pcproxy.plist
    12/27/12 10:17:02 PMsudo[443]root : TTY=unknown ; PWD=/ ; USER=mlevin ; COMMAND=/bin/launchctl start com.parallels.vm.prl_pcproxy
    12/27/12 10:17:03 PMdetectpen[452]did set up runloop
    12/27/12 10:17:03 PM[0x0-0x16016].com.livescribe.PenAutoLaunch[447]2012-12-27 22:17:03.080 detectpen[452:903] did set up runloop
    12/27/12 10:17:03 PMdetectforcon[451]did set up runloop
    12/27/12 10:17:03 PMdetectpen[452]did add service matching notification fun 0
    12/27/12 10:17:03 PMdetectpen[452]deviceFound, iterating
    12/27/12 10:17:03 PM[0x0-0x16016].com.livescribe.PenAutoLaunch[447]2012-12-27 22:17:03.109 detectpen[452:903] did add service matching notification fun 0
    12/27/12 10:17:03 PM[0x0-0x16016].com.livescribe.PenAutoLaunch[447]2012-12-27 22:17:03.110 detectpen[452:903] deviceFound, iterating
    12/27/12 10:17:03 PM[0x0-0x17017].com.livescribe.AutoLaunchForConnect[448]2012-12-27 22:17:03.080 detectforcon[451:903] did set up runloop
    12/27/12 10:17:03 PMdetectforcon[451]did add service matching notification fun 0
    12/27/12 10:17:03 PM[0x0-0x17017].com.livescribe.AutoLaunchForConnect[448]2012-12-27 22:17:03.124 detectforcon[451:903] did add service matching notification fun 0
    12/27/12 10:17:03 PMdetectforcon[451]deviceFound, iterating
    12/27/12 10:17:03 PM[0x0-0x17017].com.livescribe.AutoLaunchForConnect[448]2012-12-27 22:17:03.134 detectforcon[451:903] deviceFound, iterating
    12/27/12 10:17:04 PMAutoLaunchForConnect[448]exiting
    12/27/12 10:17:04 PMPenAutoLaunch[447]exiting
    12/27/12 10:17:09 PMcom.apple.Finder[401]Dropbox: Entered INJECT_pthread_entry
    12/27/12 10:17:09 PMcom.apple.Finder[401]Dropbox: Installing event loop timer
    12/27/12 10:17:09 PMcom.apple.Finder[401]Dropbox: proc: 0x1016cbe53
    12/27/12 10:17:09 PMcom.apple.Finder[401]Dropbox: upp: 0x1016cbe53
    12/27/12 10:17:09 PMcom.apple.Finder[401]Dropbox: InstallEventLoopTimer: 0x7fff803fcdd8
    12/27/12 10:17:09 PMcom.apple.Finder[401]Dropbox: GetMainEventLoop: 0x7fff803fcc41
    12/27/12 10:17:09 PMcom.apple.Finder[401]Dropbox: timer installed!
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    12/27/12 10:17:09 PMcom.apple.Finder[401]Dropbox: dlopen returned: 0x1014b3e40
    12/27/12 10:17:09 PMcom.apple.Finder[401]module initializer in main thread?: 1
    12/27/12 10:17:17 PMosascript[485]Initializer-based scripting additions have been deprecated. Please update this addition: "/Library/ScriptingAdditions/Adobe Unit Types.osax"
    12/27/12 10:17:35 PMosascript[487]Initializer-based scripting additions have been deprecated. Please update this addition: "/Library/ScriptingAdditions/Adobe Unit Types.osax"
    12/27/12 10:17:41 PMosascript[489]Initializer-based scripting additions have been deprecated. Please update this addition: "/Library/ScriptingAdditions/Adobe Unit Types.osax"
    12/27/12 10:17:41 PMcom.apple.notifyd[12]EV_DELETE failed for file watcher 22
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    12/27/12 10:18:07 PMmds[83](Warning) Server: No stores registered for metascope "kMDQueryScopeComputer"
    12/27/12 10:18:07 PMmds[83](Warning) Server: No stores registered for metascope "kMDQueryScopeComputer"
    12/27/12 10:18:07 PMmds[83](Warning) Server: No stores registered for metascope "kMDQueryScopeComputer"
    12/27/12 10:18:08 PMmds[83](Warning) Server: No stores registered for metascope "kMDQueryScopeComputer"
    12/27/12 10:18:08 PMmds[83](Warning) Server: No stores registered for metascope "kMDQueryScopeComputer"
    12/27/12 10:18:08 PMmds[83](Warning) Server: No stores registered for metascope "kMDQueryScopeComputer"
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    12/27/12 10:18:08 PMmds[83](Warning) Server: No stores registered for metascope "kMDQueryScopeComputer"
    12/27/12 10:18:11 PMmds[83](Warning) Server: No stores registered for metascope "kMDQueryScopeComputer"
    12/27/12 10:18:11 PMmds[83](Warning) Server: No stores registered for metascope "kMDQueryScopeComputer"
    12/27/12 10:18:11 PMmds[83](Warning) Server: No stores registered for metascope "kMDQueryScopeComputer"
    12/27/12 10:18:11 PMmds[83](Warning) Server: No stores registered for metascope "kMDQueryScopeComputer"
    12/27/12 10:18:11 PMmds[83](Warning) Server: No stores registered for metascope "kMDQueryScopeComputer"
    12/27/12 10:18:11 PMmds[83](Warning) Server: No stores registered for metascope "kMDQueryScopeComputer"
    12/27/12 10:18:25 PMosascript[500]Initializer-based scripting additions have been deprecated. Please update this addition: "/Library/ScriptingAdditions/Adobe Unit Types.osax"
  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (173,120 points)

    That log extract starts at 10:16:09 with the BOOT_TIME message, and ends at 10:18:25. You seem to have gotten to the login window 6 seconds after booting, so I can't reconcile that information with your report, unless something was happening before the BOOT_TIME message.

     

    You're running a lot of third-party system modifications, any of which could be contributing to your problem: outdated versions of Parallels and Little Snitch, MySQL, DenyHosts (which is incompatible with 10.8), damaged installations of the Cisco VPN client and of NETGEARGenie, and iStat.

     

    Your system, in other words, is too heavily modified to be maintainable. You can't expect stability or good performance from that configuration.

     

    I suggest you remove as many of those modifications as you can live without, according to the developers' instructions. Update or fix the ones you can't live without. Maybe you'll see some improvement.

  • Michael Levin Level 2 Level 2 (175 points)

    > You seem to have gotten to the login window 6 seconds after booting

     

       that's definitely not the case, so I wonder if it's doing all of its waiting before the Boot_time message. I'll get a clock and time it out next time so I know precisely when things are happening relative to what's in the log.

     

    > outdated versions of Parallels and Little Snitch, MySQL

     

       ok I just updated them to the latest.

     

    > DenyHosts (which is incompatible with 10.8)

     

       I'm not running 10.8 (I'm on 10.6) but I can't figure out where DenyHosts is being run from - how do I figure out what starts it? I don't have any memory of installing it...

     

    > damaged installations of the Cisco VPN client

     

       how do I figure out here this client is? I'm not sure I use it - I get into a VPN through a Java applet downloaded on my University web page; it may have a Cisco client underneath, but it definitely should not be running at startup! How do I find out what's being run on boot related to this Cisco thing?

     

    > and of NETGEARGenie, and iStat

     

       weird, I just downloaded these and had no errors in install. What indicates that these installations are damaged?

     

    > Your system, in other words, is too heavily modified to be maintainable. You can't expect stability or good

    > performance from that configuration.

     

       really? All of these pieces of software are commercial products, not weird hacks - is it really the case that an Apple machine cannot reliably have such software? Is it a known incompatibility among these, or in general no Mac can be stable with more than the very basic Apple software on it?

     

    thank you for the help!!

     

    Mike

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (173,120 points)

    The fact that software is commercial doesn't mean that it's of good quality or that it can't cause conflicts. A large part of the traffic on this site is generated in just that way.

    Any third-party software that doesn't install by drag-and-drop into the Applications folder, and uninstall by drag-and-drop to the Trash, is a system modification.

    Whenever you remove system modifications, they must be removed completely, and the only way to do that is to use the uninstallation tool, if any, provided by the developers, or to follow their instructions. If the software has been incompletely removed, you may have to re-download or even reinstall it in order to finish the job.

     

    Here are some general guidelines. Suppose you want to remove something called “BrickYourMac.” First, consult the product's Help menu, if there is one, for instructions. Finding none there, look on the developer's website, say www.brickyourmac.com. (That may not be the actual name of the site; if necessary, search the Web for the product name.) If you don’t find anything on the website or in your search, email the developer. While you're waiting for a response, download BrickYourMac.dmg and open it. There may be an application in there such as “Uninstall BrickYourMac.” If not, open “BrickYourMac.pkg” and look for an Uninstall button.

    You may have to log out or reboot in order to complete an uninstallation.

    If you can’t remove software in any other way, you’ll have to erase your boot volume and perform a clean reinstallation of OS X. Never install any third-party software unless you're sure you know how to uninstall it; otherwise you may create problems that are very hard to solve.

    Trying to remove complex system modifications by hunting for files by name often will not work and may make the problem worse. The same goes for "utilities" that purport to remove software.

  • Michael Levin Level 2 Level 2 (175 points)

    Got it.  For my edification, what aspects of that log indicated that the Cisco VPN client, NETGEARGenie, and iStat had damaged installations?

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (173,120 points)

    Search for those terms on this page.

  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (60,880 points)

    Or combinations. The old days of extension conflicts can be 2- and 3-way.

     

    FWIW I just have Netgear GEnie and is okay, on 10.6.8 though.